A Crop Top


A long time I ago I knit myself a crop top of sorts to practice bust shaping. It was a little bit inspired by a bralette I found on Etsy and a little bit inspired by all the Tank Girl I had been reading. That top might be one of my favorite things I’ve knit. There’s just something about it that I love. When I made it I never really planned on wearing it, but as crop tops crept back into style, I started looking at it a little differently.


I decided to knit myself a new crop top that was meant to be worn, and that’s how this one came to be! I knit it using Quince and Co Chickadee so it’s a little lighter weight than the old top with its DK weight yarn and stranded colorwork. I also made the bottom band deeper so it gives a little more coverage and looks less like a bralette. But overall, the construction is pretty similar. The bottom band is an elastic casing so the top fits snuggly. The bust is shaped using short rows, and the top edge is finished with a backwards i-cord bind off. The center is gathered, and stitches are picked up to add the center placket and straps. The halterneck straps button at the back of the neck like they do on my old top, and I added some matching decorative buttons to the front.


I don’t know if there are many people who want a skimpy knit crop top, but I really wanted to write up a pattern for this, none the less. I spent a long time struggling to figure out how I could write a pattern for something that needs to be so custom fitted, and I began to research the capabilities of PDFs and found a way to make a customized pattern generator. All you have to do is plug in your measurements, and the details of the pattern automatically fill in. It’s pretty cool, but I’m definitely going to need some test knitters for that!







25 responses to “A Crop Top”

  1. I really really love everything about this!

  2. Um, I will DEFINITELY test-knit this for you! Super cute!

  3. Sonja

    Very cute,I just started knitting last November ,Not sure If i should test knit.

  4. Jenhart

    Yes this is so beautiful and perfect for summer skirts

  5. That is crazy adorable!

  6. What an awesome concept! As a curvy gal, I can NEVER find crop tops that fit. I can’t wait to see the pattern ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Well you have converted me, I normally *detest* items that are not designed to be knitted (i.e., a bathing suit), but this is stinkin’ cute. Nice job!

  8. Woooowww!!! This crop top is so damn cute! It fits you so well and will be perfect for this summer with high-waisted shorts or skirts!
    So if you need a chubby ๐Ÿ˜› test-knitter, I’m in!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Have a nice day!

  9. This is so cute!! I can see myself wearing one in white with pastel colours ^^ I’d be happy to test-knit a small bust-size pattern for you ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Love this, could imagine a navy and grey version with some denim for summer… If you need a test-knitter count me in! I’m a fast knitter too!

  11. I’ve recently purchased a skirt that sits on the waist and I’m a bit weary of what to wear with it but I love it so much and my boyfriend says it looks great because it shows my tiny waist however I don’t like these plain tee crops that are every where I’d like something with more style and interesting and this would be perfect. You should 100% make this a pattern it’s beautiful. x

  12. meredith

    I would definitely knit this! If you need a test knitter, I’m in (maydaymoi on ravelry) — or you can just take note of my interest as market research. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. that is so cute and pretty, and I love the two colours! Looks so great on you.

  14. Wow! Crop tops aren’t really my thing, but for some reason I LOVE THIS!

  15. If you still need test knitters I will totally volunteer! I’ve had a yen to make a crop top this year.

  16. Angelica

    That is soooo adorable!!! I would love to test knit it!

  17. So perfect! You’re amazing, always!

  18. Constance

    I must admit that I am one who never bare my midriff because I usually think it looks a bit skanky. But, how cute and classic is this top!!! It looks so stylish and in such great taste. I especially love the idea of wearing it with a high-waist skirt. Great design.

  19. Christina

    So cute! Really loving your crop top ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m absolutely in if you need a bustier and curvy girl to testknit the pattern (48 inch bust, 40 inch waist). At least I hope you’ll release the pattern in time for summer;-)

  20. Evelyne

    This looks great! I certainly would knit this if you made it pattern and would happily test knit if you wanted. I may extend it down however as I really like the “bustier but not quite” style of it but would find it more versatile if it didn’t show as much skin… I realize it’s a crop top and the purpose IS to show skin.


  21. SarahG

    Soooo cute! I love it! I would be interested in test knitting if you need someone else!
    RavID: violingirl76

  22. I love this so much! Great color combo!

  23. Elizabeth

    Did you ever end up making a pattern? I would LOVE to make this for myself!

    1. Yes! It will be out on Friday.

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